Rainy Days Are here Again

July 1st, 2011

The last couple of weeks brought rains…rains…and more rains. As a matter of fact, the 2nd day of school was suspended due to floods brought about by rains.

I really can’t complain. We live in a tropical country and this time of the year is rainy season. And with kids who are sometimes caught unaware when a sudden downpour engulfs the city, I have to prepare them and myself. There have been times in the last school year that my kids were stuck in school because of flood waters and I couldn’t get to them…

So how did I arm the kids for the rainy season?

Number 1….rain gear. I got them rain ponchos which are relatively easy to slip on in the event of a downpour. I also got them galoshes so they can walk in low flood waters while keeping Leptospirosis at bay.

Number 2…..cellphone. I know…I know…they’re too young to have a phone. But my kids know that they’re not allowed to use it unless absolutely necessary. And my kids are trusty enough to understand what I mean. Fact of the matter is, they’ve had to use it already to call me last week when Typhoon Falcon brought huge amounts of rain while I was on my way to pick them up. Needless to say they panicked when I wasn’t there at dismissal because I had to find alternate routes that were not flooded just to get to them.

Number 3…..Vitamin C. Yes, good ole’ ascorbic acid. It’s important that the kids not only be armed with the right rain gear, they should be healthy too so they can avoid getting sick. In some instances, when the weather is particularly freaky, I even double dose just to be sure. Besides, the body expels excess Vit. C so better “sobra” than “kulang.”

Other than the kids, I also make sure that the house is ready for the rain. We’re fortunate to have a good roof so we don’t need to worry about leaks…ever. But just because we don’t have a leaky roof doesn’t mean we don’t need to prepare for the rainy season.

We still get water inside the house somehow. So to remedy this I bought water absorbent rags that make cleaning up a snap.

Then there’s the problem of power outages during storms so I make sure that our rechargeable lamps are in tiptop shape all the time. This means checking if the batteries still charge properly and if the bulbs are not spent. You can take your lamps for service at any hardware store and they will gladly change any faulty bulbs and batteries.

I’ve been considering purchasing small honda generators for those extended outages but this needs some serious fiscal planning…if you know what I mean. But I really want to.

Since I can’t dictate the weather, I live with it and just prepare. As the saying always goes, better safe than sorry.

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